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Pettit Horizons

Pettit Horizons Ablative is an affordable ablative bottom paint. Ablative technology allows the surface to slowly wear away over time, creating a consistently smooth finish that is effective against barnacles and other hard fouling pests in all water conditions.

Enjoy the benefit of never having to sand as the paint will work away. Horizons provides excellent multi-season protection for trailered, rack stored and winter stored boats. This bottom paint offers economical price with effective performance in all conditions, including severe fouling waters.

Note: Odyssey HD is Pettit's suggested alternative if you've previously used Pettit Horizons, and is covered by Pettit's new HD (Hull Defense) 18 month manufacturer's limited warranty.

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    Technical Specifications

  • Finish: Flat
  • Curing Mechanism: Solvent Release
  • Solids (theoretical): Weight- 79 +- 2%, Volume- 48 +- 2%
  • Coverage: 400 sq. ft/gal.
  • VOC: 440 g/l max.
  • Flash Point: 98Deg F
  • Application Method: Brush, Roller, Airless or Conventional Spray
  • Number of Coats: 2 or 3
  • Dry Film Thickness per Coat: 2 mils
  • Application Temp: 50Deg F. Min., 90Deg F. Max.

    Horizons is heavily loaded with cuprous oxide. As a result of this loading there is a tendency for settling to occur, especially if the paint has been on the shelf for several months. It is necessary to thoroughly mix the paint before using. If possible, shake the can of paint on a mechanical paint shaker. Before using, check the sides and bottom of the can to make sure all the pigment has been mixed in. If mixing is going to be done with a wooden paddle or an electric drill mixer, pour off half of the liquid from the top of the can into another can and then properly mix in any settled pigment; then remix the two parts together thoroughly.

    Adhere to all application instructions, precautions, conditions, and limitations to obtain optimum performance. Refer to individual labels and tech sheets for detailed instructions when using associated products, etc. Do not thin Horizons more than 10% (12 ounces per gallon) or inadequate paint film thickness will occur and premature erosion of the finish will be likely. Do not apply Horizons in thick films or in more than four coats as poor adhesion may result. When applying by roller use a short nap (3/16 inch maximum) roller cover.

    Coating performance, in general, is proportional to the degree of surface preparation. Follow recommendations carefully, avoiding shortcuts. Inadequate preparation of surfaces will virtually assure inadequate coating performance.

    No antifouling paint can be effective under all conditions of exposure. Man made pollution and natural occurrences can adversely affect antifouling paint performance. Extreme hot and cold water temperatures, silt, dirt, oil, brackish water and even electrolysis can ruin an antifouling paint. Therefore, we strongly suggest that the bottom of the boat be checked regularly to make sure it is clean and that no growth is occurring. Lightly scrub the bottom with a soft brush to remove anything from the antifouling paint surface. Scrubbing is particularly important with boats that are idle for extended periods of time. The selfcleaning nature of the coating is most effective when the boat is used periodically.


  • Horizons is the standard Ablative antifouling for many boatyards.
  • Ablative Technology Reduces Coating Build-up
  • Launch and Relaunch without Repainting
  • Economically Priced for Multi-season Protection
  • Excellent for Trailered Boats


Dry Time Hours  To Recoat  To Launch 
90Deg F. 
70Deg F.  16 
50Deg. F  12  48 
BRAND: Pettit Z-Spar
Number Of Parts: One Part
Type: Copper AF Paint
3.0 2

Not up to Tropical Conditions


Applied one coat black then one coat blue. Sailed in the Sea of Cortez. Wiped down with sponge monthly. Except for two 10 day periods in marinas boat was used every other day. Three months after application there were 3/8" barnacles.

Miss Cindy



Good performance at an affordable price


I have used Horizons bottom paint on my Catalina sailboats for 4 years with good results. I have been able to get 2 years out of each paint job, with only a touchup required between paint jobs. The paint covers well but I apply 2 coats. The paint does a good job of preventing barnacles, however some years I notice some slime staining, not a significant issue.


Bristol, RI


Pettit Horizons



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